Officers with the Pataskala Police Department confirmed that three people died in a wrong-way collision on April 13. The catastrophic accident occurred on State Route 16 near its intersection with Taylor Road on that night.
According to reports, 911 dispatchers fielded numerous calls from witnesses who called to report a car driving on the wrong side of the road without its headlights on. Before police could respond, the car collided head-on into a minivan traveling in the opposite direction.
The car's driver was a 79-year-old man. Both he and his 73-year-old female passenger died in the accident. The 77-year-old driver of the minivan also was killed. He did not have any passengers in his vehicle at the time of the accident. Pataskala police officers are investigating the cause of the accident at this time. They indicated that it does not appear as if either drugs or alcohol were a factor. Police stated they are trying to determine if the 79-year-old man experienced a medical event that caused him to drive on the wrong side of the road.
People that are killed in a fatal car accident caused by the negligence of another may leave behind significant financial losses and expenses for their families. At the same time, family members are often also struggling with the grief associated with the death of their loved one. They may want to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who caused the fatal accident. If that driver also died in the collision, the family could name the driver's estate as the defendant. Families may want to seek a consultation with a personal injury attorney in order to determine how to proceed.
Source: WBNS, "Three Killed During Wrong Way Crash In Pataskala," April 14, 2015.